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Whitby is a motorcycle-building machine. His and the owner of bike breaker Cycle in Calgary, Mark has Whitby figured out. like this. Imagine a grinder.

Pour a bunch of into the hopper and turn the Just like magic, of hamburger, out pops a motorcycle. In than two years Whitby a 1928 Model T rat rod and three projects from the ground up.

One of bikes is the 2001 Buell X1 café racer seen it took him five months to this one out.

Whitby was raised around and since 1971 hasn’t without one. For the past 20 he has spent almost every working at TJ’s Cycle, of a break from his regular Besides being a talented builder and a wheelwright, he can weld and run a lathe.

These skills him well when turning or cast-off parts into pieces.


The Buell rolled TJ’s Cycle as an unfinished the owner wanting a few bucks to be of the nonrunning motorcycle. “I know exactly what were trying to build, but at it wasn’t a crash victim a project that had gone Whitby says. Curious why the Buell wasn’t running, and Blundell took the bike the shop. They pulled the plugs to find no gap in either

A new set were correctly gapped and home, and with a battery and the Buell fired. After success it was pushed into the becoming a project low on the shop’s list.

Whitby is often in motorcycles or parts for his Saturday’s at TJ’s. A little more a year after the Buell Whitby told Blundell it was to do something with the hulk, and he the bike. His plan?

Build a café racer on the American

In the shop at TJ’s, Whitby off all the non-essentials, including the wiring and fuel injection equipment. R.G.M. Motors in the U.K. ordered an alloy Lyta-style short circuit Norton tank suitable for a Norton frame.

He also bought an alloy oil and a seat to match. Whitby for these components to arrive cutting the Buell’s frame

Buell X1 Lightning

Ultimately, the top half of the frame was cut and with the Buell frame in a jig, the headstock was reinforced and new top 2 1/2” lower than the welded in place.

Whitby took the Buell home, the job by bending and welding the rear to support the seat and rear Found in the yard at TJ’s, the fender is thought to be the front from a BMW R1200C. The valances pared away and the sides and reinforced so it could be mounted to the and Whitby topped it with an Lucas-style taillight.

The front fender is an aftermarket fibre unit purchased on and the headlight is also an Emgo unit, equipped with a halogen bulb. To make a mount, he trimmed a set of headlight from their original and welded them to automotive tubing. The handlebar is from Norman Hyde and is equipped stock Buell switchgear and

In fact all the running gear, the Buell fork, wheels, and tires, were left as

To clear the rear header the output on the new oil tank migrated the right side of the vessel to the a task performed by alloy expert Derek Pauletto of Industries in Calgary. The tank is a fit in the frame, and it must be in place the engine is bolted into The Buell’s original battery is mounted behind the oil tank and by removing the seat.

Whitby a support for the Acewell digital that is tucked into the at the front of the fuel tank

Continuing to crank the handle of motorcycle-building meat grinder, threw a Sportster carburetor the hopper and machined a sumpcover a Yamaha XS1100 to fit over a KN for a Yamaha YSR50. A Dyna was wired into Whitby’s harness. Calgary Powder finished the frame in black, and painted the fork trees and

The rest is all polish, and the alloy brightly.

Buell X1 Lightning
Buell X1 Lightning
Buell X1 Lightning
Buell X1 Lightning

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